The East Newton Lady Patriots couldn’t have been happier with their weekend after opening the season by winning the Crowder Tournament on Saturday.
The East Newton Lady Patriots couldn’t have been happier with their weekend after opening the season by winning the Crowder Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Patriots went 4-0 in the tournament, besting Cassville 10-6 in the championship game. Those four wins already match the win total for the Lady Patriots over past two seasons.
Not a bad start, right?
East Newton began the tournament with a 9-5 victory over Southwest on Thursday, before besting Cassville for the first time (6-2) in the second game. They later pounded Reeds Spring 11-4 in the semifinals before advancing to the title game.
“We got off to a good start and had four of the best defensive games,” Lady Patriots coach Jamey Gilion said. “We had very few errors. We played very well, made routine plays and did the things we needed to do at the times we needed to do them.”
They couldn’t keep the winning streak alive on Monday, however, as they fell to Carl Junction 13-2 in five innings.
One bad inning sank the Lady Patriots, as five miscues — three were counted as errors — compounded an 11-run fifth inning for the Lady Bulldogs to break a 2-2 tie.
Taylor Mathis went the distance on the hill for East Newton in the game. Mallory Whitman, Katlin Butler and Emily Hobbs had hits for the Lady Patriots. Both of their runs scored on wild pitches in the third inning.
The Lady Patriots (4-1) are scheduled to open play at the Commerce Tournament on Thursday. Their first-round game is yet to be determined after their originally scheduled opponent, Miami (Okla.), pulled out of the tournament.